Isl. Ms. 96


Ḥall al-mawāḍiʻ al-mughlaqah min Wiqāyat al-riwāyah min masāʼil al-Hidāyah,[16th century].حل المواضع المغلقة من وقاية الرواية من مسائل الهداية,[القرن 15م].


Maḥbūbī, ʻUbayd Allāh ibn Masʻūd,d. 1346 or 7.محبوبي، عبيد الله بن مسعود.

Place/Date of Production:



178 leaves :paper ;298 x 105 (193 x 111) mm. bound to 298 x 210 mm.


Well-annoted copy of the commentary by Ṣadr al-Sharīʻah al-Aṣghar (al-Thānī) ʻUbayd Allāh ibn Masʻūd al-Maḥbūbī on Wiqāyat al-riwāyah fī masāʼil al-Hidāyah, a work on fiqh by the author's grandfather, Maḥmūd ibn Ṣadr al-Sharīʻah al-Maḥbūbī (d. 1274 or 5), itself an epitome on the celebrated work of Ḥanafī fiqh, al-Hidāyah by ʻAlī ibn Abī Bakr al-Marghīnānī (d. 1196 or 7).

Other Title(s):

Sharḥ al-Wiqāyahشرح الوقايةFrom inscription on p.5:كتاب صدر الشريعةFrom inscription on fore-edge:صدر الشريعة


Islamic law--Early works to 1800.
Hanafites--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Arabic--Michigan--Ann Arbor.
Burhān al-Sharīʻah, Maḥmūd ibn ʻUbayd Allāh,--d. 1274 or 5.--Wiqāyat al-riwāyah.
Marghīnānī, ʻAlī ibn Abī Bakr,--d. 1196 or 7.--Hidāyah.




Ms. codex.
Title from opening (p.8).


"الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلوة على خير خلقه محمد واله اجمعين يقول العبد المتوسل الى الله تعالى باقوى الذريعة عبيد الله بن مسعود بن تاج الشريعة بن محمود ... هذا حل المواضع المغلقة من وقاية الرواية من مسائل الهداية التى الفها جدي واستاذي الاعظم استاذ علماء العالم برهان الشريعة والحق والدين محمود بن صدر الشريعة ..."


"لدفع الخروج واسواق المسلمين لا يخلو عن المسروق والمغصوب والمحرم ومع ذلك يباح التناول اعتمادا على الغائب [الغالب؟] . تم الكتاب بعون الله الملك الوهاب واليه المرجع والمآب والحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله على سيدنا محمد واله اجمعين يا رب العالمخين امين معين"


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Physical Details:

II (4), IV+1 (13), 5 IV(53), 2 V(73), IV-1 (80), 3 IV(104), III (110), V (120), V+1 (131), 5 IV(171), IV-1 (178), ii ; chiefly quaternions ; catchwords present, though often cutoff ; foliation in black ink, Hindu-Arabic numerals ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes inserts and back flyleaves, skips two pages between pp.235-236).


Written in 23 lines per page ; frame-ruled.


Naskh-nastaʻlīq ; virtually serifless ; mainly closed counters ; effect of words descending to baseline, occasionally more exaggerated ; occasional extension of horizontal strokes ; final nūn often forming full circle with point at center.


Section headings, keywords and abbreviations rubricated ; overlining in black and red.


Assortment of European and non-European laid papers ; European laid paper with 8 laid lines per cm. (horizontal) and chain lines spaced 28-30 mm. apart (vertical) ; watermarks include anchor in circle with star above (compare Piccard no.119016) and angel in circle with flower or star above (compare Piccard no.21417) ; non-European laid paper with chain lines grouped in threes is quite well-burnished ; much staining throughout ; some leather burn ; numerous repairs.


Pasteboards covered in dark red-brown leather with repairs/reinforcements in red leather over spine and edges/turn-ins ; Type III binding (without flap, though textblock shows signs of having once been covered in a Type II binding, with flap) ; board linings in paper ; upper and lower covers bear blind-stamped scalloped mandorla with floral vegetal composition (compare Déroche class. OAi 5) and tooled accents ; sewn mainly in light blue thread, latter quires in red, two stations ; worked endbands in light blue and cream ; in poor condition with significant abrasion, staining, lifting and losses of leather, delamination of boards, flap detached at lower cover, etc.

Accompanying Materials:

Several slips with notes (paginated pp.51-52, pp.55-56, pp.61-62, pp.73-74, pp.95-96, pp.97-98).

Former Shelfmarks:

British Museum, London "No. 144. Sharh al-Wikayah."


Lacks dated colophon ; paper suggests 16th century. Dated note on p.5 may provide a rough terminus ante quem of 1579-1580.

Ownership and History:

Bookplate of British Museum, London on interior of upper cover, "British Museum, London. No. 144. Sharh al-Wikayah." ; circular seal impression with figure of goat/gazelle in purple ink as well as inscription "104" in Western numerals on recto of opening leaf carrying table of contents (p.1) ; ownership statements in the name of one Ḥasan, a mudarris, appearing on recto of opening leaf carrying table of contents (p.1, accompanying exerpt) and at close of text on p.366 read "...الفقير حسن المدرس في مدرسة دار العلم" and "لكاتبه الفقير حسن المشهور [ب...؟] المدرس" ; note on p.5 (difficult to make out) appears to be dated ۹۸۷ [1579-1580] ; hexagonal seal impression (illegible) on p.5 and on p.365 ; extensive marginal and interlinear glosses ; occasional corrections.

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tiflis Collection.


Brockelmann, C. GAL,II, 214 ; I, 376 (I, cmt. a) ; SI, 646

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Posted by evyn on August 16, 2010
Tags: Arabic MSS, Fully Catalogued, Tiflis Collection

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